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Shoplifter is banned from Salvation Army store

By Nevin Farrell

A woman has admitted stealing from the Salvation Army and has been banned from its Ballymena store as part of her bail conditions.

Louise Pewtner (44), of Henry Street, Ballymena, took clothing worth £17.50 from the Salvation Army on March 28 this year.

On the same date she also stole hair straighteners and hair extensions worth £109.49 from Boots, and clothing worth £69 from Dunnes where she had previously stolen clothes worth £26.

As part of her previous bail conditions she was banned from the Tower Centre in Ballymena but on Wednesday of this week she breached that by stealing a pillow worth £8 from Primark.

Pewtner appeared in the dock at Ballymena Magistrates Court where defence barrister Alan Stewart said all offences and the breach of bail were admitted. He said his client has a history of mental health problems and addictions.

The case has been adjourned until May for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

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